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Markley and Elm Streets Bridge


Stony Creek Bridge (Markley & Elm ) - February 2009

Downsteam sideview

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #134868



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: 'The 2 span, 69'-long closed spandrel stone arch bridge built in 1878 is laid up with matched ring stones and ashlar spandrel walls and parapets. The bridge is a well preserved example of its type, and it is individually significant as well as a contributing resource to the Central Norristown Historic District. It is partially in the district, but it was not rated in the 1984 nomination. The three factors of large size, mid-19th century date of construction, and completeness of original design combine to determine the technological significance of this stone arch bridge.'

Montgomery County Bridge Inventory states the bridge is: A strong candidate for long-term preservation.


Stone arch bridge over Stoney Creek at corner of Elm & Markley Streets in Norristown
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1878
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 24.9 ft.
Total length: 68.9 ft.
Deck width: 122.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Stoney Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12167, -75.34333   (decimal degrees)
40°07'18" N, 75°20'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/470745/4441317 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 46 7413 1580 0003 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 28226 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31400 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2008)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 37.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1975)

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and corrected width
  • March 4, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • February 28, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Modified location to reflect map-corner Markley & Elm Streets in Norristown, PA.
  • January 19, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com